From Actors with Love

After reading Pablo’s Note about the good that he and our holiday casts have done over the years in raising money, I got curious. I sent out a simple e-mail query to the staff of Actors Theatre: “What are your favorite charities? Who do you give to every year?” The response was overwhelming—what follows is only a partial list, made up of groups that more than one staffer recommends. I am so proud to work with such an openhearted group of people
– Julie Felise Dubiner, Resident Dramaturg

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY
The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary
health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health
problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer,
through research, education, advocacy, and service.
cancer.org

There are several great groups that raise money for medical research and
care—Swim-for-Life, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the Alzheimer’s Association, the
Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research and so many more.

THE HUMANE SOCIETY
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has worked since 1954 to promote
the protection of all animals. With nearly ten million members and constituents, The
HSUS is the nation’s largest and most powerful animal protection organization, working in the United States and abroad to defend the interests of animals. They celebrate the human-animal bond, and fight animal cruelty and abuse in all of its forms.
National: hsus.org
Kentucky: kyhumane.org

Several staffers love their animal friends. More great groups for donations are the
Shamrock Society, Greyhound Rescue, and more.

SALVATION ARMY HOLIDAY ANGEL TREE PROGRAM
The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program provides new clothing or toys for children
of needy families. A sponsoring company or corporation places a Christmas tree in a secure, high-pedestrian traffic area or lobby. The tree is decorated with numbered
paper angel tags with the first name, age and gender of a child who will receive the
gift. Contributors remove one or more tags from the tree and purchase appropriate
gifts for the child or children described on the tags.
National: salvationarmyusa.org
Local: salvationarmysouth.org/KY.htm

METRO UNITED WAY
Metro United Way is a local, independent non-profit organization founded in
Louisville in 1917 as the Louisville Federation of Social Agencies. Today
Metro United Way helps support more than 100 health and human service agencies
serving residents of Bullitt, Jefferson, Oldham, and Shelby Counties in Kentucky
and Clark, Floyd, and Harrison Counties in Indiana.
metrounitedway.org

More suggestions from the Actors Theatre staff include Home of the Innocents and
Helping Hands.

THE FAIRNESS CAMPAIGN
Louisville’s Fairness Campaign is a broad-based community effort dedicated
to equal rights. Its primary goal is comprehensive civil rights legislation
prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The
Fairness Campaign accomplishes its goals through public education and advocacy,
political activity, community building and reciprocal alliances with others in the
social justice community.
fairness.org

WAYSIDE CHRISTIAN MISSION
The purpose of the Wayside Christian Mission is to respond to human need of
the poor and homeless by (1) providing temporary housing/shelter, food, clothing,
nurturing, spiritual and social enrichment, encouragement and referrals and (2) by
providing the support services and skills that would permit and encourage a return
to a state of self-sufficiency so that human dignity can be restored and the love of
God can be shared.
waysidechristianmission.org

SPECIAL OLYMPICS
Special Olympics is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to
empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities to become physically fit,
productive and respected members of society through sports training and
competition. Special Olympics offers children and adults with intellectual disabilities year-round training and competition in 30 Olympic-type summer
and winter sports.
National/International: specialolympics.org
Local: soky.org

KENTUCKY ALLIANCE AGAINST RACIST AND POLITICAL OPPRESSION

The mission of the Alliance is to bring the
need and the people who want change
together—and ultimately to build an antiracist
majority.
louisvillepeace.org/KYAlliance.html

AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION
The mission of the ACLU is to preserve your First Amendment rights—freedom
of speech, association and assembly, and freedom of the press, and freedom
of religion—and your rights to equal protection under the law, due process and
privacy. The ACLU works also to extend rights to segments of our population that
have traditionally been denied their rights. If the rights of society’s most vulnerable
members are denied, everybody’s rights are imperiled.
aclu.org

FUND FOR THE ARTS
The Fund for the Arts is the oldest united arts fund in the country. The Fund provides
financing, facilities and administrative support for twenty-four area arts groups
and programs. In addition, over 200 community access grants are awarded
annually to community groups and schools in Kentucky and Southern Indiana.
Other Fund sponsored activities include the annual Whittenberg Young Artist
Scholarship, co-sponsorship of the Gheens Young Artist Program with the Kentucky
Center and support of the annual Black Achievers Arts Scholarship Program.
fundforthearts.org

Also, do consider the United Arts Fund—and why not drop a letter to your representatives encouraging greater support for state and federal funding for arts in the schools and the
community? And, don’t forget your local public radio stations—we have three in the Louisville area, let’s keep them strong.
artsusa.org

And, of course,
ACTORS THEATRE OF LOUISVILLE
We depend on your generosity to fulfill our mission to provide live theatre that
invigorates minds and emotions as well as to provide arts education to our area
students.
actorstheatre.org

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